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Hey, LuLaRoe lovers. And haters. I’d say hello to the people in between, but they don’t seem to exist. Either you’re obsessed with the super-soft, quirkily patterned clothing or you consider it “overpriced junk.” (And yes, that’s a direct quote from more than one person I polled about the brand). Some of you never had a chance to pick a side, because y…

WASHINGTON – The National Football League has wisely chosen to take the course of least resistance to the players’ protests during the national anthem – with no help whatsoever from the president and vice president of the U.S. Hats off to anyone who can accurately track how this unfortunate mess started. Some correctly blame it on President Trump for lighting the …

One of the most popular features we have run for many years in the Home & Style section is the Home of the Month, which features a local home and the people who live there. It currently appears in a Sunday Home & Style print edition and also online at buffalonews.com – along with a gallery of photos by a News photographer showing interior and exterior shots as we…

A few leftovers from an event-filled week: • Vice President Pence’s swing through Erie County on Tuesday accomplished much for local Republicans. Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP causes raked in about $400,000 from more than 200 people attending his Salvatore’s Italian Gardens fundraiser featuring the VP. And, Collins continues as the Trump administration’s…

“Bundle up: Experts say this winter is going to be pretty brutal.” That’s the headline I saw on Twitter last week, and the source intrigued me. WCVB in Boston is one of the nation’s most  prestigious local stations, and its weather department is headed by a friend and truly “expert” meteorologist, Harvey Leonard. Harvey has been in Boston TV since 1977, and…

One implication of the new Education Trust-New York report on teacher diversity should be obvious, though apparently it isn’t in most districts: Having teachers of color improves educational outcomes for students of color, who then have role models as well as motivators who know they can achieve and who affirm rather than disparage their culture. But there’s another c…

The encounter, brief and unforgettable, returned to Shannon Davis as soon as she read the news reports. She is an Atlanta photographer, born in Buffalo, who's been working for two years on a photo essay about her hometown. Her focus is capturing the lives of everyday people in the city's Old First Ward. Three months ago, in July, Buffalo Police Officer Sean Zoll agreed …

Officer Craig Lehner brought his dog Shield with him Friday, when he drove to the Niagara River for training with other police divers. That was standard and vigilant behavior, said  Lt. Salvatore Losi, commanding officer of the department's K-9 unit. Dog and master were all but inseparable, and Lehner wanted Shield to be nearby if they were called to some emergency. …

Sister Kathleen Dougherty expected this phase in her career to involve peace and quiet. She had already retired three times from teaching jobs in South Carolina and Western New York. In 2015, she moved into the new St. Mary's Center on Buffalo's West Side, where her fellow Sisters of St. Mary of Namur needed someone who could play the organ. Dougherty planned on help…

I was not convinced he had it in him. But Eminem took the opportunity during the recent BET Awards to reacquaint hip-hop with its core tenets. He free-styled a brutally impassioned topical discourse. And he did so for no personal gain that I can readily ascertain. In fact, the superstar risked alienating a healthy portion of his fan base. Or maybe not. Perhaps the peopl…

If you combine one long-shot bid for the coveted second Amazon headquarters with another long-shot bid, does that make the odds of winning all that much better? Development officials in Buffalo and Rochester, after candidly assessing their meager chances of luring Amazon and potentially 50,000 jobs to one of the cities, said Thursday they have agreed to work together in…

Perhaps as much as he excelled in telling the stories of Buffalo’s poor and downtrodden, the late columnist Ray Hill of The Buffalo News appreciated compelling courtroom drama. “Olympians,” he called two noted legal giants no longer with us – John H. Stenger and Victor T. Fuzak – in a 1984 column detailing their 20-year (yes, 20 years) battle over Erie County’…

External efforts – including a federal court lawsuit and the formation of a new citizen advisory committee – may well prompt better policing in Buffalo and the exposure of officers who need to be retrained or ousted. But those initiatives also need to be accompanied by an internal effort among cops to tear down the "blue wall of silence" and put the citizenry ahead of…

Let me offer this as a personal microcosm of why silence had, for decades, surrounded the stories of toxic behavior by Harvey Weinstein that have become a hurricane of shame. Weinstein made it possible for me to have a one-on-one interview with Madonna in 1991, at the height of her fame and influence. Her self-portrait "Truth or Dare" was coming out from his company Mir…

When Walter Becker died in early September, I wasn't feeling so hot myself, and I didn’t really deal with the feelings his death conjured in me. Now that I'm beginning to mend, I've been thinking about the Steely Dan co-founder, recalling the many times I'd been lucky enough to see him perform, and pondering the fact that I've been listening to Becker's music since my…